Real Life Rental Upgrades That Happened in a Weekend (or Less)
Renters seek the balance between wanting a nice place to live, but not spending too much on a temporary home or making major permanent alterations on a space that’s not theirs. But by zeroing in on a few simple and inexpensive — yet impactful — projects, you can really refresh a space without busting your budget or making huge, irreparable changes. All it takes is a few ideas and one weekend.
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As always, we recommend explaining any proposed changes to your landlord or management company, and getting permission before you do some of these projects.
Above, Weekend Decorator Megan Pflug did a bunch of things to this bathroom, but one of the most significant was painting the grout a darker color. The bathroom automatically gained more character, and most certainly eradicated the oh-so-lovely look of dirty grout.
The French blog Poligom shared their new adhesive backsplash, which adds a little bit of texture and interest to an all-white kitchen. Installing peel & stick tile is pretty easy and takes no time at all.
Vinyl floor cloths lay like rugs, but are more heavy duty and durable. They can be cut to fit a space, which makes them a great temporary solution for small rental bathrooms. This vintage-style pattern is from Spicher & Co.
Mallory of Classy Clutter got permission from her landlord to paint but instead of going with a solid color, she went with handmade “wallpaper” created with a Sharpie pen. She says it took two people about 6-8 hours from start to finish.
Kevin’s mini kitchen makeover included painting the countertops, swapping out the pulls, installing an adhesive backsplash, and changing the white cabinets to a subtle blue grey. If your landlord doesn’t approve of painting, just the new backsplash and cabinet pulls alone are enough of a refreshing change.
Re-edited from a post originally published 2.26.16-NT